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The 18-year Grahame Park regeneration programme is taking place in phases with 1,314 units being demolished, 460 properties retained and 2,848 new homes constructed. The Genesis focus is to ensure that local residents are provided with every opportunity to buy their own home and has already completed 787 mixed-tenure homes for rent, sale and intermediate housing. Vision is the latest phase of new homes at

Grahame Park and combines a spectacular set- ting, stylish interiors with affordable prices. The new neighbourhood will provide a selection of 143 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which will form the cornerstone of the vibrant new community. The affordable and private hous- ing is completely integrated, with an invisible mix of tenures including social rent, shared ownership and private sale. All homes are finished to an exacting standard

with modern kitchens that feature granite work- tops, stainless steel appliances and integrated white goods. All the white bathrooms have chrome fittings and are complemented by floor tiling and a heated towel rail.

Understanding social housing providers

Genesis understands the importance of the rela- tionship between social housing providers and their residents. Within the long-term community development strategy the company continues to work closely with over 25 organisations from the local community. These include voluntary, hous- ing and private sectors, as well as the Colindale Communities Trust, to provide a range of local social and economic regeneration schemes to sup- port residents. This also encourages the provision of a range

of facilities, services and advice on subjects includ- ing employment, training and volunteering for

older people, children and young people, and will manage the on-site community centre. When complete the scheme will have regener-

ated an unpopular and unsafe 1970s estate and created a vibrant new community. The number of homes available will almost double and all apart- ments will also feature secure video entry systems and CCTV. The New Hendon Village Residents

Association, a resident led group formed to tackle security and social issues, was awarded Borough Watch status in 2014. Genesis is also investing in social regeneration

through a range of community development ini- tiatives. Residents are being involved throughout the regeneration process through exhibitions, surgeries, forums and design consultations, as well as fun days and other celebratory events (such as a Black History Month celebration) to bring people together. Speaking about the success of the development

so far, Genesis Head of Commercial, Anthony Harker: “The homes at Grahame Park will serve to enhance what has been a successful regenera- tion of Colindale. We stay true to our principles at Genesis, which is why we offer the Help to Buy and shared ownership schemes, as we want to ensure that local residents are provided with every opportunity to buy.”

Supporting the Grahame Park regeneration project Genesis has, over the past two years:

•Supported over 1000 residents to access accredited and non-accredited training including ESOL and Business

•Administration •Supported over 200 residents into full time employment •Secured £2 million of externally funded training provision •Made £1 million savings to the public purse as a result of residents no longer being dependent on benefits

•Supported 50 social and commercial enterprise start-ups

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